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Parts Rack: Cool New Products For Your 4x4

Posted in Product Reviews on October 24, 2018
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Two-in-One Cover

A.R.E. Accessories now offers the all-new DoubleCover. It’s a roll-up truck bedcover that lifts and retracts so you can protect and more easily access the cargo in the bed of your pickup. It features inset handles for opening and closing, a locking center handle for enhanced security, and a battery-powered LED light for increased visibility. The cover is made from aluminum and has a black textured powdercoat finish. It also features stainless steel latches and a no-drill clamp for installation. Every DoubleCover comes backed by a 5-year warranty. Info: A.R.E. Accessories, 866/658-8376, 4are.com

Trail Terrain

Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels introduces the Trail Country EXP. It’s based on the original Trail Country tire, but it features a two-ply sidewall and new all-terrain hybrid tread pattern with an 18.5/32-inch depth, along with a 45,000-mile limited warranty. The Trail Country EXP is available for a variety of 15- to 22-inch wheels, including plus sizes for leveled and lifted applications. Other features include large surface area tread elements, wide voids, ultra-thin interlocking siping, stone-ejector ribs, notched and stepped outer lugs, and a silica-reinforced tread compound to increase treadwear and improve cut and chip resistance along with wet handling and braking performance. Info: Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, 800/222-9092, dickcepek.com

Grime Cleaners

AMSOIL now offers Mudslinger, Engine Degreaser, and Glass Cleaner sprays to its product lineup. Mudslinger is a pretreatment specifically formulated to leave a non-stick surface that is said to provide a protective layer against the accumulation of mud, dirt, and snow on your Jeep. The protective layer is also said to cause mud and dirt to release easier with low-pressure water, making cleanup faster. AMSOIL Engine Degreaser is formulated with degreasing solvents that are said to be safe to use on all engine components without leaving a residue. AMSOIL Glass Cleaner is said to cut through grease and grime. Its ammonia-free formulation is said to be safe on all glass, including tinted windows. Info: AMSOIL, 800/777-8491, amsoil.com

Sporto Lift

Dynatrac introduces the new EnduroSport 2-inch suspension lift system for the ’18 Jeep Wrangler JL. The kit is said to fit up to 37-inch tires on Rubicon models and 35-inch tires on Sport and Sahara models, while increasing wheel travel and improving ride quality, handling, and stability. Tires are said to fit with zero cutting and zero tire rub in all wheel positions. The kit is completely bolt on and 100 percent made in the USA. The EnduroSport suspension system includes Fox 2.0 Performance Series IFP smooth-body shocks with Dynatrac EnduroSport exclusive valving, four new coil springs, laser-cut brake line extension brackets, new sway bar links, and bumpstop extensions, all packed in a reusable canvas bag embroidered with the Dynatrac logo. Info: Dynatrac, 714/596-4461, dynatrac.com

JL Step Up

AMP Research now offers the new BedStep for the ’18 Jeep Wrangler JL. It mounts to the frame under the rear bumper and folds up out of the way with the nudge of a foot. The BedStep will support up to 300 pounds and is designed to make loading and unloading the trunk and top-mounted cargo rack easier, especially on lifted Wranglers. Each BedStep includes a die-cast aluminum linkage assembly and a composite step for corrosion protection and weight reduction. The hinge points are stainless steel with press-fit bushings. It is compatible with the OE bumper as well as most aftermarket bumpers. The bolt-on installation can be done with basic handtools. Info: AMP Research, 800/309-6823, amp-research.com

Recovery Point

Rugged Ridge introduces the new Hitch Thimble and Halo Rope Shackle. The Hitch Thimble and Halo Rope Shackle are said to be engineered to serve as a temporary recovery point for vehicles equipped with a standard 2-inch tow hitch—eliminating the need for a secondary frame-mounted tow point. The Hitch Thimble for the 2-inch receiver is made of T6 aluminum and finished with a textured black powdercoat. It inserts into any 2-inch hitch, secures with a standard hitch pin, and serves as an anchor for the included rope shackle. The Halo Rope Shackle is constructed of 7/16-inch-diameter HMPE rope, features a 6,750-pound work load limit, and a 27,000-pound ultimate break strength. Each Rugged Ridge Hitch Thimble and Halo Recovery Rope is backed by a 5-year limited warranty. Info: Rugged Ridge, 770/614-6101, ruggedridge.com

Jump-Start

Uncharted Supply now offers The Zeus, a flashlight and dual USB charger with enough power to jump-start even the largest 4x4s dozens of times. It features a high-level voltage multiplier, which is said to enable all four battery cells to work together at the same time. Meaning it can do anything from simply charging up your phone or tablet to jump-starting your 4x4, motorhome, or even a small airplane. The Zeus measures in at 7.16x3.35x1.76 inches and comes with a car jump-starter, car charger, power adapter, user manual, cigarette lighter, USB charging cable, and battery clamps. Info: Uncharted Supply, 435/631-1113, unchartedsupplyco.com

Shelby Jeep

Drake Automotive Group introduces the Carroll Shelby Wheels CS25 for the Jeep JK and JL Wrangler. The alloy wheels are one piece and feature a five-spoke design. The CS25 is available in a 17x9 with a 5-on-5 lug pattern and 4.5 inches of backspacing. They are available in black or a gunmetal finish with a machined ring. Each wheel comes with a center cap with a 41 on it, celebrating the first year the original Jeep was manufactured. Info: Drake Automotive Group, 702/853-2060, drakeautomotivegroup.com

Leather Gripper

PRP introduces its new line of steering wheels. Like all of PRP’s products, these steering wheels are said to be specifically built for off-road use. Each steering wheel is made from high-strength aluminum with a matte black finish and comes with a PRP emblem plate. They are available in flat and deep-dish models with either a suede or leather grip. You can choose from red, blue, silver, or orange stitching. The steering wheels feature a six-point bolt pattern, which is said to be the most common for off-road quick-release adapters. Info: PRP, 800/317-6253, prpseats.com

Switcher

Advanced Accessory Concepts now offers the Trigger Six Shooter wireless accessories controller for wiring 12V to 24V accessories. The system eliminates the need to run wires under the vehicle dash or through the firewall, simplifying the wiring process. Each Trigger Six Shooter features six solid-state channels, including two 30-amp, two 10-amp, and two 5-amp solid-state circuits. The waterproof controller makes it possible to cut costs when installing LED and conventional lighting, E-Lockers, race radios, compressor systems, whips, cooling fans, and more. Each accessory can be controlled from inside or outside the vehicle with the RF Remote, or with a mobile device using the Trigger ACS Plus app. The RF Remote assembly included with every Trigger Six Shooter features a mounting base, detachable backlit toggle switch assembly, and is programmable for security or use with additional remotes. Info: Advanced Accessory Concepts, 951/339-1460, aacbrands.com

Jack Adapt

New from 911 Motorsports is the four-point Jack Adapter. It converts floor and transmission jacks to safely hold front and rear solid axles, fuel tanks, transfer cases, third members, manual transmissions, bumpers, doors, and just about anything that is large, heavy, and awkward. The modular design gives you the ability to reconfigure the feet for proper support. Telescopic main bars adjust from 16 to 28 inches wide and the threaded bars adjust from 6 to 20 inches. Info: 911 Motorsports, 541/480-6269, 911motorsports.net

Ford Time

The Meister x Ford Chief wristwatch is in commemoration of 100 years of Ford trucks. Each color (black or silver) is limited to 100 pieces, and the watch is tastefully branded with “Built Ford Tough” emblazoned on its face. In addition to the Blue Oval on the dial, the second hand is painted the same hue the Ford brand is renowned for. Some of its features include a rubber band, stainless steel bezel with bolts, Miyota 2117 Japanese 3-hand quartz movement, scratch-resistant mineral crystal lens, and U-buckle. It is water resistant to 100 meters. Info: Meister Watches, mstrwatches.com

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